“When you are dealing with how do you feed your family or having your family being torn apart and criminalized by immigration, that takes precedence over the Girl Scouts,” said Bannan.

So Bannan decided to help her community in a deeper way. She left the Girl Scouts in 2008, took six months off and thought about her purpose in life. Her partner had always told her she would be a good lawyer, but Bannan saw lawyers as greedy and litigious.

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